From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith hide captionTeresa MacBain walks her dog, Gracie, at a park near her Tallahassee, Fla., home. After a lifetime in the church, MacBain came out as an atheist at an American Atheists' convention in Bethesda, Md. Colin Hackley for NPR Teresa MacBain walks her dog, Gracie, at a park near her Tallahassee, Fla., home.
Biology of Religion 03. March 2012, 11:06 The online-magazine Evolution: This View of Life did get a new (and, if I might say, awesome) look. Cristi M. « Simple.Interesting. 1 March 2013 Pentru toate doamnele si domnisoarele un martisor din partea mea !! La multi ani !! Peter Rollins: Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens: The New Theists? Today the word "sacred" is employed to name a certain realm of life that can be contrasted with the secular. The idea here is that some object, area of life or geographical location can act as a "thin place," i.e. a site where the transcendent shines through. This approach to the sacred is ubiquitous in the contemporary situation and is borne witness to in the phenomenon of religious music, books and art, in the New Age interest in ley lines, the notion of Christian universities and in the embrace of artefacts believed to contain supernatural power. Here the religious or sacred is taken to be a sphere that can be identified in some way, visited, held or touched.
The Critical 7 Rules To Understand People My headline might sound overreaching. Clearly a rule can’t define something as complex as human behavior. But despite this, I’ve found most people tend to make the same mistakes. Interesting comments! Alain de Botton, a prominent writer and outspoken atheist, has a grand vision to nurture a truly secular society. He foresees awe-inspiring monuments dedicated to nature. Museum and hotel designs would encourage contemplative thought and self-improvement. Psychotherapists would occupy offices in accessible yet glamorous boutiques, providing easy opportunities for supportive interactions with others. Although such a radical transformation of civic life—religion for atheists, as he calls it—is unlikely to make it beyond the blueprints, de Botton is on to something. Atheists miss out on a lot of great perks that come automatically with belonging to a faith.
NeuroTribes "The Structure of Flame" by autistic artist Jessica Park. Courtesy of Pure Vision Arts: In 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring April 2 World Autism Awareness Day — an annual opportunity for fundraising organizations to bring public attention to a condition considered rare just a decade ago. Now society is coming to understand that the broad spectrum of autism — as it’s currently defined, which will change next year with the publication of the DSM-5 – isn’t rare after all. In fact, “autism is common,” said Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S.
Why I Raise My Children Without God When my son was around 3 years old, he used to ask me a lot of questions about heaven. Where is it? How do people walk without a body? Thingness and Nothingness Monday, December 5th, 2011 Consider a page of writing. Black marks on white paper. The marks are full of meaning — for the person who wrote them and for the person who reads them. On being an atheist diagnosed with MS It was pretty well exactly at this time last year, in the middle of writing the sixth of my columns on Marx for Comment is free that I had to take a quick break and go and get the results of an MRI scan from the doctor. Thinking it would just show that the prolapsed disc that I had to have removed 20 years ago was giving me some problems, I was actually left floundering when the doctor read the report, handed it over to me and explained that in fact I had multiple sclerosis. All of those weird symptoms that I had put down to stress, overwork, RSI, the prolapsed disc and all sorts of other things suddenly fell into place. But at the same time everything else fell out of place.
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Carl Sagan Collection Since its creation in 1976, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly known as CSICOP - the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) has been honored by its association with founding member Carl Sagan, David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and the Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Peabody-winning television producer, and recipient of the National Academy of Science’s highest honor, the Public Welfare Medal. Many of us first came to science and skepticism by way of Sagan’s PBS series, COSMOS, but his dedication to skeptical inquiry began long before we saw him on television. Early efforts to inform the public about science, pseudoscience, and the difference between them began in the late 1960s, and from them Sagan created one of the key principles of the skeptical movement: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Skeptical Inquirer
United Coalition of Reason Separation of Church and State Remember the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States? It's still here, just one lovely sentence! "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."